My name is Anathi Jongilanga, a 26-year-old teacher from Ngqeleni, South Africa. Since December 2017, I have been unemployed and, during the course of 2018, I have been looking for work while studying at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Finally having completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), I still haven't been able to secure a job in South Africa.
However, I did manage to get a teaching job opportunity with English First to teach English as a foreign language in Harbin, China. I passed the interview in May this year, and the job is mine. The problem is that there is a long process that I have to undertake in order to get myself there, a part of which I have completed. I have made a couple of debts to do all that. But now I still need to go for a medical check, apply for a visa (in Sandton, Johannesburg – I am in Ngqeleni, Eastern Cape) and book flight tickets to China. I do not have a single cent to do all of this. When I say “I do not”, I mean that my mother is also unable to assist me here as she's the only person who's looking after us at home, and she works by selling fruit at the taxi rank – which is how she raised us. This is is also why I am feeling the pressure to start working as soon as possible, to relieve her, and to make life a little better here at home.
So, this is my story. I am trying to get to a job that's already waiting for me in a distant country. And I am here asking you to help me fulfill that dream.